History of Venezuela: March Towards Modern Times
Anyone who is much of a history buff and follows the process of Venezuela becoming the modern nation it is today knows that the march to get there hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. From the road to independence taking three separate uprisings and attempts to independence from Gran Colombia to form its own separate nation, it seems every step of the way there were challenges and struggles to reach the modern Venezuela.
Juan Vicente Gomez took control of Venezuela in 1908 and immediately set to raising a permanent standing professional army, creating widespread communication with telegraph lines, and cancelling foreign debt. This led to securing his position, minimizing the chance of any uprisings and giving the Venezuelan economy some breathing room to begin building. Gomez would help build the fledgling oil industry, which to this day has been the backbone of much of the Venezuelan economy.
While there were figureheads who served as presidents and executive officers at various times, Gomez was in all essence a dictator, who single-handedly built much of the basis and framework for the Venezuela that would follow until his death in 1935. (more…)
A Brief History of Venezuela: Gaining Independence
One of the most interesting times in the history of Venezuela is the road to independence. Since Venezuela was a Spanish colony in the early 1800s, their story of revolution and independence is going to be tied to the Napoleonic Wars in Europe and how that upheaval half a world away led to the opportunity for independence in the colonies.
The first declaration of independence was formalized on July 5th, 1811, and approved by 7 of the 10 provinces under “The Captaincy General of Venezuela.” This was the first step, but it would prove to be far from final one as the republic would be lost only one year later. This started with the devastating Caracas earthquake of 1812 and defeat to the Spanish at the battle of La Victoria. The battles on the lawn and the deaths that resulted are ingrained in its history.
Famous historical revolutionary Simon Bolivar made a fast attempt to gather together the local forces for another fight in 1813, but the second republic of Venezuela also failed due to a combination of reasons, not the least of which was a counter-rebellion of Spanish loyalists joined with a native uprising.
Venezuela would remain a Spanish colony again for nearly a decade until Bolivar’s 1819-1820 campaign to free more of South America would result in Venezuela finally ending up free of European soldiers and it’s own nation. Battles would be fought from 1819 to 1821, but by the end of 1821 there was no longer any resistance or any doubt: Venezuela had earned its independence.
The road to an independent nation was not an easy one for Venezuela, but nobody can accuse them of not earning it. The dedication to fighting through the many setbacks and military campaigns and counter campaigns just goes to show the dedication towards owning their own rule and own self-determination.
A Brief History of Venezuela
Venezuela is known for its natural beauty and amazing landscapes, and that isn’t just a modern thing. The Arawak, Carib, and Chibcha tribes all settled in various parts of Venezuela prior to European colonization and the land provided great soil for farming, plenty of edible fruits and trees for gathering, and plenty of wildlife for hunting. In many ways the area that is today known as Venezuela was perfect for settlement.
Colonization of Venezuela started with Christopher Columbus hitting the shores in 1498 and harvesting of the local oyster population for their pearls began in earnest. This took place over a couple of decades before Spain claimed the region as part of their empire and began the inland colonizing process in 1522. The arrival of colonists with new diseases devastated the native populations remaining there, and led the way for further colonizing by the Europeans.
The process was not a fast one as in the middle of the 1500s there were still only about 2,000 Europeans living on coastal settlements but that changed with the discovery of gold, which created slavery of both the indigenous people and the buying of slaves from Africa. It was a dark time for history, but would be part of the explanation of the diversity of people that Venezuela boasts today. (more…)
Looking at the History of Venezuela
Venezuela is a nation in South America that often gets overlooked because of all the attention that countries like Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina get in the news and from tourists. Despite this, there are many tourists who understand the amazing beauty at the South American jewel has to offer. Just like the present day nation, the actual history of Venezuela is equally as interesting and unique in comparison to its neighbors.
Started As a Colony
Venezuela was a colony of the Spanish Empire, as was most of South America at one point. At first they were known for their amazing pearls, but the real import of settlers and slaves began after the discovery of gold. While no Golden City was ever found, it is worth noting that unlike many of the other nations which only had one or two major exports, Venezuela kept adapting eventually finding themselves of favorite for cattle ranchers and for the growth of cocoa. (more…)
Learn More About The History Of Venezuela
The history of Venezuela can be interesting and is very rich. You’re going to want to know where to turn to learn more about this. You can get more information here so you can find out what you need about this and get things underway with your studies.
One thing that you can do is look for history online. Just remember that anyone is able to post what they want online, so you can’t trust it all. You’ll want to spend some time doing research on the facts you find because if they are not real then you can probably find out by seeing where that person got their information. If you find facts on any place online that you can’t find a backup for, then the facts that are presented shouldn’t be trusted since you need to be able to confirm them.
A good way to learn about a place is to buy books on the history of it. If you do this, you can generally figure out what is good and what isn’t by reading reviews. It’s smart to find a website that has books for sale that lets people talk about them and what they thought because then you can hear from people that know the area and also those that just wanted a good read. If you find that there are facts in a book, make sure they include a section of sources for you to work with.
Once you get some information on the history of Venezuela you’re going to have a lot of fun learning more and more. This place in the world has a lot of history attached to it. You’ll have a lot of resources if you have the ability to get online and also books you can read.
Buenos Dias, and Gracias
Hello – my name is Luis and I have moved to the United States a few years ago. I love it here, but I miss my home country of Venezuela. My friends sometimes ask me about what is it like, and I tell them. I also prefer to studying history, and so here I hope to write about the history of Venezuela and I can show my friends as well. I know also that I need to improve my English writing, and this is an opportunity to do this. So I thank you for visiting and I hope to impress you with the words.